Karen is a London based jewellery designer who creates fine and fashion jewellery that combines sophisticated glamour with delicate femininity.
Karen first studied Fashion Technology in her hometown Glasgow, then moved to London where she worked as a Fashion Model for many years. Feeling the urge to learn more, Karen studied Jewellery and Art & Design in London, which resulted in her working for designers such as Reema Pachachi and EC One. She then embarked on creating her own collections.
Karen’s jewellery is based around the colours and trends of the season with the addition of her own unique twist. Each piece is handcrafted by Karen in her Brixton studio with casting and stone setting being carried out by tradesman in Hatton Garden. She works with silver and gold, combining beautifully colourful gemstones, Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearls. Karen creates timeless jewellery that can be worn every day, as well as glamorous statement pieces for evening wear, focusing on attention to detail and a high quality finish.
Karen’s inspirations come in part from the gemstones themselves, the natural environment, as well as her every day urban surroundings. She has a life-long passion for fashion, both contemporary and vintage, and is also influenced by photography, modern architecture, film and the Art Deco period.
In September 2013 Karen was named as one of the Hot 100 jewellers in the UK, for Professional Jeweller magazine. She was listed in the ‘Trendsetter’ category for her contribution to the industry in 2013. Last year saw Karen design and make the jewellery for Topshop’s UNIQUE s/s 13 catwalk show. And in 2009 Karen was nominated in the Scottish Fashion Awards for jewellery/accessory designer of the year.
Karen’s jewellery has featured in many publications such as; Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Red, Wedding and Home, ES magazine and Professional Jeweller. Heart Gallery has stocked Karen’s popular ranges for 5 years now and we love how the collections change through the seasons. This year’s favourites have been her ‘grown-up’ friendship bracelets and new for Christmas are her personalised silver pieces. You can buy from the cabinet or personalise your silver star, tag or circle with your initial or message: